Magic Rock Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,601
Ranked #11,114
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Notes: Cannonball is an India Pale Ale in the true tradition, high in alcohol and massively hopped to survive a long sea voyage. We don’t want you to wait though, take a swig and let the flavour explode on your palate. Tropically fruity, resinous hops compete against a sweet malty backbone, while a rasping bitterness builds to a mouth puckering crescendo. Our hop bomb will blow you out of the water.
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James94 from England

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber golden, with slight reddish hints, lasting head and lacing
S: Pininess, oakiness, slight alcohol, candied orange, grapefruit
T: Lime, lemon, jam
F: Alcohol is well-hidden for the ABV, slight dryness

O: 4.25

Jul 27, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Selfridges, Marked down as the shelf date is a few days away. Hazy orange golden, small, bubbly head. Aroma is citrusy and dank. Taste focuses on the dank, some tropical notes, the tart side of juicy. Savory and peppery notes too. Still holding up.

Jan 06, 2020
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Maxpower086 from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

hazzy rusted gold coloured. smell of lemon zest, ginger, pepper, malt and herbal grass. taste is very hoppy, herbal grass, pine and resin are at the forefront, tart yellow grapefruit, pumpkin spice. finish is dry and malty.

Dec 27, 2019
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stoumi from California

2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to the lads in the #FPLBeerClub, especially Paul for this can share.

Cannonball pours a dark, semi-opaque orange yellow with a slightly off white frothy and rocky cap that lingers. The smell, all malt for me, I don't get the tropical fruits with just a hint of pine resin. The taste, much like the nose, it's all malt over my palette. There is some pine bitterness that starting but quickly fades leaving me wanting to taste that tropical fruitiness that just never comes. Overall, very unimpressive. Could be an old can, dated 10/04/20.

Oct 30, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can. Cloudy orange with a thick frothy head.
Rich aroma of tropical and citrus fruit notably tangerine.
Fruity flavour with a blast of astringency to finish.
Chewy with decent carbonation.

Apr 06, 2019
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Rock Canonball IPA | Yorkshire| Can | 7.2%

L4 classic IPA. Slight cloud
S4.5 Big hop hit.
T4 nice strong ipa flavour
O4 my favourite style. Nothing to distinguish it though. Slightly disappointing given high ABV

May 08, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Delicious tropical aroma with notes of passion fruit, mango, pine, resin, pepper, tangerines and guava.
Flavor with bold predominant notes of tropical juice and pine, mostly denoting mango, pineapple, fresh oranges, lychees, spices, a bit of garlic, pears and tangerines. Dry and bitter aftertaste with good citrusy.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.4% is absent.
Juicy, piney and citrusy American IPA. It reminded me of a NEIPA that has not lost bitter ground to the traditional American IPAs and also kept great complexity (Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Magnum, Simcoe should do it…). I am truly satisfied.

Dec 01, 2017
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stcules from Italy

2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite ugly appearance, very, very hazy. A bit of foam, quickly disappearing.
Smell resinous and tropical, a bit boring.
The taste starts malty, the again fruity and tropical hop.
Quite light body, resinous and tropical aftertaste, with a long bitterness, not really interesting.
Beside the appearance, the problem, for us, is the mix between resinous and tropical, quite noring.

Oct 17, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an oversized wine glass.

A: The body is a little bit hazy having a orange-y and a yellowish coloration. The head is minimal. It's white, has low retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma is mildly blank of tangerines, lemon zest and specially fresh citrus fruits, as if they still have a long time to go ripe.
T: The taste is more resinous than the aroma hints, having a first great impression on resinous and piney profiles. In the back, a very bland hoppy profile that shows no power nor flavour.
M: The body is medium low. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Bitterness is medium.
O: Nothing special to note here.

May 30, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 32GP. 1 month after bb date (my fault) At Barcelo Mar, in toothbrushes glass. After dinner. Hops are missing punch but its still pleasant, with a sweet and thin highly drinkable body. Will repeat fresh soon.

7 May 2017. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 6x19. Grassy and herbal, with a highly drinkable light body that hides perfectly well its abv. Leaves a nice and refreshing aftertaste

May 04, 2017
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qrazvan from Romania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a nicely designed green can (similar to the whole series), not the bottle pictured here. Also, it is written "India Pale Ale" on it, not "American Pale Ale".
Golden hazy colour, with a lot of sediments at the bottom.
Right after opening the can, an appealing elderflower (plus other aromatic herbs) smell hits you.
The taste is a combination of fruits (pears mainly) and plants, feeling herbal and a bit bitter at first, dry on the palate. The yeast is there also. After a while, the taste becomes sweet (like honey) and strongly aromatic: passion fruit, apricots, grapefruit.
An extremely well done IPA, more similar to an American one, than the European usual one.
Highly recommended!

Feb 10, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dull, burnished orange with a hazy clarity and a rocky, one inch, cream-colored head. Nose is piney and resinous with toasted malts and a trace of ethanol a tinge of something metallic in the background. Taste follows - quite malt forward with an almost cloyingly sweet quality in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an oily texture and an even carbonation. Overall, a decent IPA; however a bit too malty for my preferences.

Oct 18, 2016
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janubio from Spain

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Pours a pale hazy yellow colour, ring and lace all over. Aroma of pines, herbs, some malty and citrus notes. Medium to full body, sticky and creamy palate, normal carbonation. Taste of herbs, spruce, resine, Tropical fruits and caramel Astringent end.

Jun 23, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a cloudy bright orange with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-follows the nose plus honey
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Fantastic IPA from England.Really juicy and tropical

Jun 17, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy yellow color with creamy white head and lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Aroma is really dank and grassy but also with nice pineapple and papaya notes. Taste starts juicy and slightly sweet, continues with grassy/dank hop notes and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is one of the best IPAs from Europe. It pretty much goes the same direction as the New England style IPAs.

May 25, 2016
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Martine from England

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours semi-clear amber into a tulip from a can. Head is 3 fingers high, offwhite, sparse, and foamy; it leaves light-moderate sudsy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of light tropicana; pineapple, mango, clementine, and papaya. It isn't a heady smell, nor does it have a particularly strong pine presence, falling mainly on grass, and aromatic hops. There is a floral character but it lies just below the surface along with a slight vegetative aroma.

The flavour follows on from this hoppy side giving this beer a very aromatic bitter presence. There is the tropical fruit there, particularly ripe mango and some dank pineapple, but it's rather a side show compared to the hop addition. There is plenty of that grassy flavour coming through on the draw with a definate vegetative bitterness and the appearance of the pine that was missing. All in all, only slightly unbalanced.

In the mouth it feels light-medium bodied, slighty resinous, and tangy on the sip from that zippy carbonation. It's light in the front and heavy on the back giving me some mixed signals, but otherwise quite thirst quenching.

This is a good beer, a nice representation of a standard West Coast IPA. For the sake of £1.90 which I paid for this can, I'm certainly not complaining.

May 11, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold colour. Smells crisp, hoppy, and a bit of citrus. Tastes crisp hoppy, citrus, refreshing. A nice, light crisp beer. perfect for hot, sunny days.

May 01, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dirty blonde with lumpy clingy parchment froth. 4
Lemon, hop leaf, flower, and pine needle. 4
Thread of flake pastry, then lemon barley water, white pine, a touch of dank, slight pineapple and grapefruit. 4
Halfway to medium, some cling, salty. 4

Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Magnum, Simcoe

Smells all Cascade and look attractively unrefined. The taste, though, is decidedly less complex. The hit on this is that it’s a Punk clone but even that’s being generous - it’s all 2009 Citra grapefruit without the fruit Nelson edge that BrewDog brings. This is not to say it’s not a hop bomb - there’s especially a nice little dirty hop sack edge to all the pure fruit. But it’s nothing you haven’t tasted before. 4

Apr 28, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an ugly cloudy copper, small head. Aroma is excellent, peachy tropical fruits. Taste follows on with a grapefruity bitterness. Little malt. Dryness and some mineral quality on the finish.Light body for sstrength. Good carb.

Apr 16, 2016
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CwrwAmByth from England

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Hazy pale orange, thin white head. Hint of resin and a big blast of citrus. Lots of grapefruit, orange, bit of lemon. Crisp, biscuity malts finish with some laid-back soft malts propping up the big, big hops. Medium-full texture with just a hint if crisp carbonation. Love it.

Apr 14, 2016
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dcmchew from Romania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weird how this got such low grades.
Rich tropical and mushy green onion aroma, just a whiff of sweet malt.
Tons of rich juicy citrus, pineapple and mixed canned tropical fruit, with a sweet malt backbone that's a perfect fit, and a rich hoppy finish (tons of pine resin, even some spicy weedy dank notes).
And still, not a steamroller bitterness, there's quite a nice fruitiness left behind (+thick grapefruit pith). Perfect prickly carbonation. Nice hoppy burps (hehe).
I don't get it. It's really on par with a lot of other US heavyweights. Just my two cents.

Apr 12, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from London.

White head with lace. Color is a golden orange. Tons of tropical fruits. Mango and papaya. Grassy with some floral and dankness.

Solid IPA. Very nice. Very Americanized.

Mar 31, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint at The Lyric. Pours a hazy gold with small dense head and some lacing. Smell is muted compared to my expectations. Some tropical notes which are nice, but I would have liked to get a stronger nose-full. Initial taste is fruity, but it fades almost immediately and leaves just the bitterness and some pine-grassy notes. Overall, it is okay, but I was honestly hoping for more.
Edit...had again and felt it was sufficiently better to re-look at scores. More lacing, fuller nose of classic C hops, solid overall IPA.

Jan 26, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed, orange-golden color, with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smells of mango, ripe orange, papaya and a note of sappy lemon peel, balanced by white bread malts. From its citraic quality, a pleasant, grass defined dankness comes up, enriched by prickly kiwi and water melon shell. The aromas in this are very well nuanced, creating a multi layered, refreshing fruitiness.

Has a medium carbonation, while its mouthfeel isn't overly creamy, due to a crystal characteristic cutting through, distracting from the beers soda pop effervescence, by adding harsher stony minerals. It is not very refreshing too, as the malts create a heavier bodied, almost boozy finish, producing a couterproductive interplay.

Tastes of profound, cakey malts and citraic hops, while a bubbly carbonation grinds over the tongue. Out of the omnipresent malt sweetness slowly develops a slick, part herbal, part fruity bitterness, almost numbing my tongue, as both reach their peak. No harmony between those ingredients is to be found in this, while there is a subtle layer of orange and papaya underneath the omnipresent malt coating. Finishes with a metallic carbonation, painfully transforming into a slick, rusty bitterness, slayed by sweet malts in the end.

While the nose comes well together, the beers actual taste is a huge let down. I don't got no problem with a malt defined ipa, for as long as the hops are used in a genuine way, opening up the beers potential. In this case, almost the opposite is happening, since both major players try to outclass each other, resulting in an unbalanced, sweet mess.

Dec 20, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half pint on-tap at Euston Tap, London (£3.30):
Really nice, strong & hoppy with a good bitterness & nice balance. Refreshing & drinkable with the floral & pine flavours working well with the sweetness towards the end; a good beer & one that I'd have again.

Jul 07, 2015
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